Some of the best players in the world will play in Russia, but who will score the most goals?

Who Will Be Top Scorer at the World Cup?

The 2018 World Cup in Russia is going to bring together the finest players in the world, and some of the finest attacking forces on the planet, together. So we have selected who we think will be the top-scorer for the tournament. In no particular order, we start of with Messi.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 4 Goals so far

His last shot probably at World Cup glory, Ronaldo is a pure goalscoring machine. He is supposed to be having a down year, but he scored 15 times from nine games during qualifying for the World Cup. For Real Madrid he has found the net with regularity, and scored one of the greatest Champions League goals ever with a bicycle kick against Juventus. In terms of pure goalscoring, there is no one better and he loves the world stage – expect him to score plenty.

Ronaldo currently leads all others after scoring a hat-trick against Spain.

He then opened the scoring against Morocco.

Genius: Supposedly in a down year, Ronaldo can still find the net (Getty Images)

Denis Cheryshev (Russia) 3 goals so far

Out of the 8 goals scored by Russia so far, Cheryshev has scored 3 of them.

Diego Costa (Spain) 3 goals so far

Costa scored twice against Portugal. He faces Iran later today. He then scored fortuitously against Iran after the defender kicked it into his knee.

Artem Dzyuba (Russia) 2 goals so far

The big Russian scored one goal against Saudi Arabia and another against Egypt.

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) 2 goals so far. 

Lukaku, attacking wise, will lead an extremely talented Belgium side in Russia. And his goalscoring ability will probably decide how far they get in the tournament. With players like Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, and Dries Mertens behind him, he will get chances, the question remains can he finish them? If he does, he will score plenty, if he doesn’t, then Belgium could struggle.

Harry Kane (England) 2 goals so far. 

Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world and yet has often struggled to replicate his club form onto the international stage. That being said, his World Cup started perfectly with a goal in the first 15 minutes. He then scored the winner for England with a lovely header at the back post.


Antoine Griezmann (France) – 1 Goal so far. 

We expect France to do well in Russia, but we were torn who to go for between Griezmann and Mbappe. Griezmann was France’s best player at the European Championships in 2016, leading the tournament with six goals too, so clearly he can play on the big stage. Mbappe has not played in a big tournament before, but he looks to be a class act and 2018 could be his tournament.

Griezmann got off the mark with a penalty against Australia.

Mohamed Salah (Egypt) 1 goal so far.

His form in 2018 has been truly ridiculous seemingly scoring in every game he played for Liverpool and Egypt. And his Egypt side do not have a difficult group this summer. Alongside the hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Uruguay, they are an outside shot at getting into the knockout stages. Regardless, if he can carry on his form, he will be tough to stop as always.

He did not play against Uruguay unfortunately, but he starts against Russia.

Selected others:

Neymar (Brazil) 0 goals so far.

Main question here will be if he is fit enough, he can create something out of nothing and is Brazil’s talisman, but he broke his metatarsal for PSG so it is a race against time to be 100% fit and on form when mid-June comes around. They do have an exciting squad though and should score plenty.

Thomas Muller (Germany) 0 goals so far. 

Germany are one of the favourites for the tournament, and with no Miroslav Klose up front, we expect Muller to pick up the goal-scoring flak in Russia. He clearly loves the World Cup too – in 2010, in his first major tournament he scored five goals in six appearances as Germany finished in third. In 2014 he helped guide the side to glory with another five goals, including the first one against Brazil. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him on top of the tree when the tournament is finished.

Poacher: Muller has scored five goals at the last two World Cups (Getty Images)



Isco (Spain) 0 goals so far, 

He may not be playing up top for Spain, that role will probably go to Diego Costa or Alvaro Morata, but he is unquestionably the creative force for the Spaniards. Given a licence to roam, Isco is just so difficult to defend against, and has the ability to find the net, as shown by his hat-trick against Argentina recently.

Isco played brilliantly against Portugal but did not get on the scoresheet. His thunderbolt off the crossbar was unlucky not to go in.

Roamer: Isco scored a hat-trick against Argentina (Getty Images)


Robert Lewandowski (Poland) 0 goals so far.

Lead everyone in qualifying with 16 goals, scores all the time for Bayern – Poland may not go far in the tournament, but with Senegal, Colombia and Japan in their group, Lewandowski will surely get on the scoresheet in June.

Who Will Be Top Scorer at the World Cup?

Robert Lewandowski is one of our picks to be top scorer in Russia. (Getty Images)

Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) 0 goals so far. 

Uruguay have an easy group that they should top and Cavani has scored 42 times for his country from 100 appearances. Expect him to get on the scoresheet more than once against Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 0 goals so far (one missed penalty). 

Messi is on great form this year, and he is so crucial for Argentina’s chances that it is more than likely he will get on the scoresheet during the tournament. In a tough group alongside, Iceland, Croatia, and Nigeria, Argentina will have to play well, and Messi always rises to the top when necessary.

That being said, he did not have a good game against Iceland taking 11 shots and not scoring with any. He also missed a penalty.


Thomas Muller will be the top-scorer at the 2018 World Cup.

At World Soccer we will update you with all the news related to the World Cup on our website. Make sure you know about the GroupsFriendliesDatesFixturesStadiumsTV Schedule, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.

Also don’t forget to follow World Soccer on Facebook, and Twitter.